Strengthening Communities

Mercer University empowers students to become leaders in communities throughout the world and inspires them to use their talents to positively impact the human condition.

A Mercer University student works with young children to help improve reading scores.

Our vision is to change the world, one student at a time.

The Center for Community Engagement and Office of Service Learning enable students to meet community needs while also gaining hands-on experience through direct service, community-based research and civic advocacy.

Public service and preparation for leadership have been at the heart of Mercer’s mission since its founding. Today, Mercer students have opportunities to serve and become advocates for positive change in literacy and education, health care and wellness, neighborhood revitalization, youth engagement, homelessness and many other areas of need.

Mercer students serve in rural communities, local neighborhoods, city centers and across the developing world. The opportunities for making a difference and growing in wisdom are enormous — and an important part of a Mercer education for the 21st century.

Mercer student NaShaya Bartolo works with kids in Freedom School.

Featured Project

How Mercer students are helping the community, one child at a time

Freedom School isn't like regular school. And these Mercer students aren't like regular teachers.

Mercer University students talk to a woman in the community as part of the 2017 Mercer Service Scholars program.

Office of Service Learning

The Office of Service Learning supports faculty and students in developing course-based initiatives that empower students to effect positive change in local and global communities.

Mercer University students volunteer with Rescue Mission in Macon, Georgia.

Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement, located in the Connell Student Center, functions as a clearinghouse for service and community engagement opportunities at Mercer and in Macon.

Contact Us

Kathryn Kloepper
Vice Provost of Engaged Learning
(478) 301-5308

Lauren Shinholster
Coordinator of Community Engagement
(478) 301-2870